Benny Krueger

Benny Krueger (June 17, 1899 – April 29, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist.

Krueger had the distinction of being one of the first jazz saxophonists on record. In 1920, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, following a successful tour of England, cut a number of sides for the Victor Talking Machine Company. One of Victor's managers insisted, against the ODJB members' wishes, that a saxophonist be included on their early recordings. Krueger was chosen by Victor as the saxophonist, and he recorded with the ODJB in 1920 to 1921, according to Rust's Jazz Records 1897-1942. Following the ODJB recording date, Krueger recorded numerous sides for Brunswick and Vocalion under his own name, as well as under several pseudonyms. In the 1930s he worked in radio and served as musical director and orchestra conductor for Rudy Vallee and Bob Crosby. He was also a songwriter; among his better-known songs are "Sunday" (covered by Pat Boone, Lester Young and Louis Jordan) and "I Don't Know Why".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 17, 1899 (Newark), Died April 29, 1967 (Orange)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, alto saxophone, saxophone, composer, songwriter, tenor saxophone, clarinet

Notes: Sometimes listed as Bennie Kreuger.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 7554 10-in. approximately Feb. 1922 Don't leave me, Mammy Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7723 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Do it again Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7725 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Teasin' Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [7788a] approximately Mar. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7791 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Some sunny day Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with orchestra leader  
Brunswick 7920 10-in. approximately Apr. 1922 Stumbling Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7922 10-in. approximately Apr. 1922 I'm just wild about Harry Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8149 10-in. approximately May 1922 Nobody loves me now Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8289 10-in. approximately June 1922 Kicky-koo Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8290a] approximately June 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8378 10-in. approximately June 1922 Barcarolle Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8379a] approximately June 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8391 10-in. approximately June 1922 Kicky-koo Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8392a] approximately June 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8687 10-in. approximately Sept. 1922 Boardwalk blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8691 10-in. approximately Sept. 1922 Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8723a] approximately Sept. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8728 10-in. approximately Sept. 1922 Early in the morning blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8729a] approximately Sept. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8744 10-in. approximately Sept. 1922 Do I? Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8990 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 It's getting dark on old Broadway Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [8991a] approximately Oct. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9042 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 Come on home Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [9047a] approximately Oct. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9093 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 Bring on the pepper Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 51-75 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549

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